I've come across a book that might be of interest.It can be found in the Salt Lake Genealogy Libray 929.273 Su 77s entitled Genealogy of the Surdam Family by Charles Edward Surdam.Perhaps this is old news, perhaps not.
Excerpt- Dingman Versteeg, the Dutch translator for the Holland Society, has been through the records at Albany, and he says the name is Sardam and that our ancestors came from Saardam, Holland.The name was formerly Zaanendam and is now Zaandam.That town led the world in shipbuilding , and in 1697 Peter the Great, then Czar of Russia, spent several months, in disguise, there and at Amsterdam studying plans and working as a ship carpenter.The Encyclopaedia Britannica says: Zaandam, Zaanendam, Saardam:-A village of Holland five miles by rail northwest of Amsterdam at the confluence of the Zaan and V.The houses are mostly of wood painted white.
For many years the place was called Tsardam or Saardam, presumably in honor of the Czar, and during that time (in 1703) Teunis Pieterse added Sardam to the name of his family.He may have thought it an honor to be named Czardam, and we may share with him that questionable honor if we wish, but the name appears at a much earlier date.
Teunis Pietersz m. Margaret b. 1671 d. Oct 10 1750 in Salisbury, CT 1.Samuel of Great Barrinton, MA and Salisbury, CT m. Janicke (Jane) White Oct 22, 1736 in Sheffield, MA. d. June 16, 1772 Salisbury, CT (Jane) d. July 25, 1771 (Samuel's will) 1.Tunis 2.Joshua m Charity Whitney on Oct 15, 1766 3.Samuel 4.Hannah (Jacobs) 5.Margaret 2.Lawrence m. Eleanor d. 1731 Great Barrington, MA 1.Peter m. Elizabeth Younglove on Oct 5, 1748 left 4 sons and 3 daughters and removed to Hoosick, NY d. 1801 Hoosick, NY 2.Andrew m. Margaret White of Salisbury, Ct on Aug 4 1751. d. 1809 Salisbury, CT left children 3.Tunis m. Jane d. 1808 Salisbury, CT 1.Peter b. Dec 7, 1761 Salisbury, CT 2.Heyltje (female) 3.Catharine